The Port of Virginia handled 191,368 20-foot-equivalent units in May, rising 7.2 percent or 12,784 units from May 2012.
Export TEUs reached 103,217, up 5.4 percent year-over-year, while imports TEUs totaled 88,150, up 9.3 percent.
Year-to-date, the port moved 878,412 TEUs, increasing 6.3 percent compared with 826,297 TEUs from January to May last year.
“In a historical comparison, May was the fourth-best month in our history in terms of TEU volume,” said Rodney W. Oliver, the Virginia Port Authority’s interim executive director, in a written statement.
“On a fiscal year-to-date basis, the 11 months of fiscal 2013, through May, add up to be the best fiscal-year performance in our history,” Oliver continued. “We’re expecting this to continue as more ocean carriers are expressing interest in our deep-water and rail connections.”
The port set a new record for rail boxes handled in a single month with 39,152 containers moving by rail in May. The percent of container cargo moving via rail also reached a new high in May at 35.3 percent.